Wigan 1-1 Arsenal (2-4 on penalties): player ratings

Wigan 1-1 Arsenal (2-4 on penalties): player ratings

Arsenal team celebrate beating Wigan
9.65

Fabianski

6.85

Sagna

6.84

Mertesacker

6.18

Vermaelen

4.87

Monreal

5.95

Arteta

6.57

Ramsey

5.81

Cazorla

7.69

Oxlade-Chamberlain

5.18

Podolski

5.72

Sanogo

10

Fabianski

6

Sagna

6

Mertesacker

6

Vermaelen

5

Monreal

6

Arteta

6

Ramsey

6

Cazorla

7

Oxlade-Chamberlain

5

Podolski

5

Sanogo

Ok, so it wasn’t much fun over the course of the 120 minutes, but we got there in the end and that’s basically all that matters (as the first post of the live blog today said).

Anyway, here’s how the players rated. Please note we are still in joyous with relief mode and essentially we want to enjoy the fact we’re in the final despite the fact we played like a bag of cat sick. Remember, you can leave your own ratings and comments too.

 

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21: Lukasz Fabianski

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17

He didn't have much to do in the game itself, but any keeper that saves two in a penalty shoot-out has played a massive part in getting you the win. Completely justified the manager's decision to play him.

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3: Bacary Sagna

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2

Untroubled, for the most part, and put in some very good balls from the right hand side.

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4: Per Mertesacker

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3

Very guilty indeed for the penalty which put Wigan ahead, but showed he's a BFG with some real MS (Mental Strength) to get the equaliser.

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5: Thomas Vermaelen

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6
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4

Burned by McManaman in the first half, but late in the game won some important tackles.

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18: Nacho Monreal

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5
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14

Didn't do much wrong, but it was notable how much we improved with Gibbs in the side. Left the field on a stretcher and with our injury problems we could do without losing another player.

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8: Mikel Arteta

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6
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7

Complaints about him passing sideways have some merit but a lot of that is down to the fact there was just no movement ahead of him. Defensively solid today, cold as ice penalty too.

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16: Aaron Ramsey

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6.5
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13

Had some lovely moments but by midway through the second half looked like a player who was just back from injury. Lack of options meant we had to keep him on though.

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19: Santi Cazorla

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15

It'd be good to see the Santi of last season, but when called upon to put us through he stepped up and did the job.

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15: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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7.5
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12

The brightest spark in the Arsenal side, but for all that he did well, he must have lost the ball about 5 or 6 times in the second half/extra-time. He was obviously knackered though.

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9: Lukas Podolski

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5
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8

His substitution was greeted by boos, but in reality the German was utterly peripheral all game. Looked a yard off the pace all day.

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22: Yaya Sanogo

5
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5.5
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18

I don't think it's fair to criticise a player who tries his best but is, ultimately, out of his depth. That's what we've got here. If there's criticism it should be leveled at the manager whose failure to improve his striking options led to Sanogo starting today.

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3: Kieran Gibbs

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7.5
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23

Made a big difference when he came on, almost scored a very good goal too, and added some real drive to the left hand side.

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12: Olivier Giroud

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29

I would beat him in a race and I'm old and knackered and I have a bad back, but he tucked away his penalty very nicely indeed.

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29: Kim Kallstrom

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32

He looks gigantic amongst our tiny team and he's not really. A lot of pressure on a loan signing but he delivered when we needed him.

Bonus rating: 10/10 - Getting to the cup final. Yes, you can criticise the performance and everything else, but don't forget to enjoy that bit. It's the most important part of it all.